Hello! Today I’m sharing something I’m pretty excited about…a Christmas Log Cabin quilt along! This is a spur of the moment idea I came up with while cleaning up in my sewing room this weekend (I actually did a lot less cleaning than planned but a lot more sewing in return)!
There is a little back story to go along with this, too. I can’t remember the year
exactly, but about 15 years ago or so I made a beautiful Thimbleberries Christmas quilt. I think it might have been a block of the month project from a quilt shop. I was really excited about that quilt. When I finished I had beautiful custom quilting done on it. I was able to use it for a couple of years and then…we decided to get a king-size bed for our master bedroom. My Christmas quilt was queen-sized. So for all of these years I’ve been using my beloved queen-sized quilt–turning it sideways so it fits a little better.
Saturday I decided I should make a king-sized Christmas quilt…for this year! And I can give my beloved Thimbleberries quilt to my daughter who has a queen-sized bed and loves dark colors!
I want the new quilt to be scrappy and happy…but not in traditional brights. Off to my Fig Tree scrap bins I went, and in a pretty short amount of time I’d sewn several blocks. I started to feel like I really might be able to get this done for this year.
And then I started thinking it might be fun to have a sew along for this project. I’ll provide fabric requirements for lap, twin, full, queen, and king…and we can all sew along together! I’m going to be using my favorite method for these blocks which yields perfect blocks every time, and my fabric cutting information will be based on this method. You will need the Creative Grids 8″ Log Cabin Trim Tool to make these blocks (also available at Amazon here:Creative Grids Quilt Ruler Log Cabin Trim Tool for 8″ Finished Blocks (CGRJAW1)).
What I’ve decided to do is to make two different types of blocks for my quilt: blocks with red centers and alternating green, red, and green strips, and blocks with green centers and alternating red, green, and red strips.
You could also make blocks with just green strips and red centers…or the green centers with red strips.
If you are thinking it might be too late for a Christmas quilt, or want to make it scrappy or with a different style of fabrics, here is an idea of what scrappy blocks look like with this pattern.
I’ll post about this quilt along each Tuesday from now through the end of November. If you’re planning on quilting along, I’d love to have you leave a comment letting me know. Order your rulers now so you can start sewing, and if you want to start cutting light and dark strips that measure 1 ¾″ wide by width of fabric along with 2 ½″ squares for your centers you’ll be ready to go next week when I post full fabric and cutting information!
Thanks so much for stopping by!